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WORLD DIABETES DAY

When is World Diabetes Day in 2019?

World Diabetes Day in 2019 is on the Thursday, 14th of Nov (11/14/2019).

World Diabetes Day is on the 318th day of 2019. There are 47 days left in the year.

World Diabetes Day Facts

  • Date: Nov 14, 2019
  • International
  • Also Called: Diabetes Day
  • Celebrations: Raise awaness through events, activities, seminars etc.
World Diabetes Day iImage Credit: health.mil

Do you know Diabetes affects more than 400 million adults across the world? According to statistics by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), about 642 million people will have Diabetes by the year 2040 if everything is to remain as it is today. In an attempt to deal with these worrying figures, the World Diabetes Day was established. Observed on November 14th every year, the day aims at spreading awareness about diabetes and ways to prevent it. The entire month of November is also regarded as the National World Diabetes Month.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a life-long disease that impacts how the body handles glucose, a type of sugar in the blood. Diabetes occurs when the blood glucose is too high. Blood sugar comes from the food we eat, and it is the primary energy source in th'e body. Although glucose is good for our body, too much of it in the blood causes health problems. Insulin which is a type of hormone made in the pancreas is responsible for helping glucose get absorbed into the blood cells and fuel the body with energy.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the age of the patient and the type of diabetes one has, these are the key symptoms in most diabetic persons. - Frequent urination - Increased hunger - Increased thirst - Blurred vision - Numbness or tingling of feet - Weight loss - Slow healing of wounds

Types of Diabetes

There are several types of diabetes. If little or no insulin is produced, it causes glucose to stay in the body without reaching the cells. The resultant is Type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes is common in children and young adults. The patients require to take insulin every day to maintain the energy supply in the body.

Other times, the pancreas makes insulin, but the cells fail to use the insulin the right way. Doctors call it insulin resistance and it causes Type 2 diabetes. This is common in middle-aged and older people and accounts for about 90% of all World diabetic cases.

Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women but goes away after the baby is born. However, women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes have a high chance of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Other types of diabetes though rare include cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and monogenic diabetes which is a form of inherited diabetes.

History of World Diabetes Day

In 1991, the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) partnered and created the World Diabetes Day. The holiday was in response to the drastic rise of diabetic cases across the world. On December 20, 2006, the UN passed a resolution that designated November 14th as World Diabetes Day. The date was chosen since it marked Sir Frederick Banting's birthday. Banting discovered insulin and used it for the first time in humans. Following this, the first World Diabetes Day was celebrated on November 14, 2007, and has been observed annually since then.

By the year 2016, more than 160 countries and territories, as well as non-profit organizations, healthcare professionals, celebrities, and politicians, had embraced this initiative.

Every year, the International Diabetes Federation chooses a unique theme related to diabetes. Some of the past themes include diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and human rights, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in children among other topics.

According to the WHO reports, approximately 422 million people worldwide live with diabetes, and nearly 4 million of them die every year. For this reason, the objectives of World Diabetes Day are two: - To promote the IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year - To encourage the essence of collective efforts to face diabetes as one of the most critical global health issues

How to Celebrate World Diabetes Day

Get yourself tested of Diabetes on this day. If you have any traces of the diabetes symptoms as mentioned above, it's high time you know your diabetes status. Additionally, if you are underweight or obese, consult a doctor since you are at a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. So, use World Diabetes Day as a reminder to get tested.

Learn about ways to lower your risk of developing diabetes. Take the initiative to eat healthily, exercise regularly, eliminate processed and foods with high sugar content in your diet and most importantly, monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels regularly.

You can also participate in World Diabetes Day awareness events and activities happening near you. The American Diabetes Association runs fundraising activities across the US as a way to deal with the diabetes menace. Take the opportunity to give your donations and also encourage others to give funds for the noble course. Remember to wear blue wristbands, ribbons or t-shirts since blue is the color that represents diabetes.

World Diabetes Day Observances

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Wed
  • Nov 14, 2018
  • Tue
  • Nov 14, 2017

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01Global Family Day
ThursdayThuJan 04, 2018Jan 04World Braille Day
ThursdayThuJan 11, 2018Jan 11International Thank-You Day
TuesdayTueJan 30, 2018Jan 30World Leprosy Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Darwin Day
WednesdayWedFeb 21, 2018Feb 21International Mother Language Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2018Feb 22World Thinking Day
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01International Day of the Seal
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08International Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 20, 2018Mar 20World Frog Day
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
ThursdayThuMar 22, 2018Mar 22World Water Day
FridayFriMar 23, 2018Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24Earth Hour
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24World TB Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 07, 2018Apr 07World Health Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yuri's Night
TuesdayTueApr 17, 2018Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SaturdaySatApr 21, 2018Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
SundaySunApr 22, 2018Apr 22Earth Day
MondayMonApr 23, 2018Apr 23World Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Penguin Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03World Press Freedom Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05International Midwives Day
TuesdayTueMay 08, 2018May 08World Red Cross Day
ThursdayThuMay 10, 2018May 10World Lupus Day
SaturdaySatMay 12, 2018May 12International Nurses Day
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15International Day of Families
FridayFriMay 18, 2018May 18International Museum Day
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
TuesdayTueMay 22, 2018May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 23, 2018May 23World Turtle Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24Red Nose Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24World Schizophrenia Day
FridayFriMay 25, 2018May 25Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 31, 2018May 31World No-Tobacco Day
SundaySunJun 03, 2018Jun 03World Bicycle Day
TuesdayTueJun 05, 2018Jun 05World Environment Day
FridayFriJun 08, 2018Jun 08World Ocean Day
ThursdayThuJun 14, 2018Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16International Day of the African Child
SundaySunJun 17, 2018Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
WednesdayWedJun 20, 2018Jun 20World Refugee Day
ThursdayThuJun 21, 2018Jun 21International Yoga Day
TuesdayTueJun 26, 2018Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
WednesdayWedJul 11, 2018Jul 11World Population Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16World Snake Day
SaturdaySatJul 28, 2018Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 05, 2018Aug 05International Friendship Day
WednesdayWedAug 08, 2018Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
ThursdayThuAug 09, 2018Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
FridayFriAug 10, 2018Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
SundaySunAug 12, 2018Aug 12International Youth Day
MondayMonAug 13, 2018Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
TuesdayTueAug 14, 2018Aug 14World Lizard Day
ThursdayThuAug 23, 2018Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SaturdaySatSep 08, 2018Sep 08International Literacy Day
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15Software Freedom Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 16, 2018Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SaturdaySatSep 22, 2018Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SaturdaySatSep 29, 2018Sep 29Inventors Day
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01International Music Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
WednesdayWedOct 03, 2018Oct 03World Temperance Day
ThursdayThuOct 04, 2018Oct 04World Animal Day
FridayFriOct 05, 2018Oct 05World Teacher's Day
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10World Mental Health Day
TuesdayTueOct 16, 2018Oct 16World Food Day
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
WednesdayWedOct 24, 2018Oct 24United Nations Day
MondayMonOct 29, 2018Oct 29International Internet Day
ThursdayThuNov 08, 2018Nov 08World Town Planning Day
WednesdayWedNov 14, 2018Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 15, 2018Nov 15World Philosophy Day
FridayFriNov 16, 2018Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
MondayMonNov 19, 2018Nov 19World Toilet Day
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21World Television Day
SundaySunNov 25, 2018Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
FridayFriNov 30, 2018Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SaturdaySatDec 01, 2018Dec 01World Aids Day
SundaySunDec 02, 2018Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
WednesdayWedDec 05, 2018Dec 05International Volunteers Day
FridayFriDec 07, 2018Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Human Rights Day